Famous Country Music Groups and Duos

There are many famous country music groups and duos, some made even more famous because of the notoriety of the people that make up the group or duo. Songs from these groups or duos generally climb high on the charts. Some of country's greatest all-time groups and duos include the following:

  • The Highwaymen: This group of four "outlaws" is most famous for its rendition of Jimmy Webb's "Highwayman." Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson got together to sing this song and several others. Their performance was filmed live in March of 1990 at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum. The group released three albums, The Highwayman, Highwayman 2 and The Road Goes on Forever, but only the first album had major commerical success.
  • Alabama: Though members of Alabama have been playing since the 1960s, the band never signed a major record deal until April 21, 1980, when they signed with RCA. Alabama enjoyed 21 consecutive number-one country hits and an additional 21 number-one hits throughout the rest of their career. Alabama was one of the first country bands to cross over to the pop and rock charts.
  • Brooks and Dunn: Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn have been making music since the late 1980s. They enjoyed hits such as "Brand New Man" and "My Next Broken Heart" before they went their separate ways in August of 2009.
  • The Oak Ridge Boys: The Oak Ridge Boys is a quartet consisting of Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, Richard Sterban and Duane Allen. Their best-known song is "Elvira," recorded in 1981, which was one of the early country songs that found success on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • The Everly Brothers: The Everly Brothers were very popular in the 1950s. They sang country music with a hint of rock, which later become known as rockabilly music. The Everly Brothers' sound had a big influence inside and outside of the world of country music, with folk acts of the 1960s, such as Simon and Garfunkel, adapting it for pop music.
  • The Judds: Mother Naomi and daughter Wynonna are two of the most successful women in country music. They are six-time Grammy award winners. They released three consecutive number one hits in the late eighties and have three platinum selling albums.

There are other famous duos who got together just to make a few songs. Famous duos include Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, George Jones and Tammy Wynette and the favorite husband-and-wife duo of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. 

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